Maestros of Magic
Produced in association with Luminato.
Magic & Music Performed by Rafael Benatar
THIS EVENT HAS CONCLUDED
June 21 | 7:30 PM
June 22 | 7:30 PM
June 23 | 7:30 PM
75 minutes, no interval
The Royal Conservatory of Music
237 Bloor Street West
Generously supported by
The Slaight Family
Great music performances are often described as magical, and amazing feats of magic are as transfixing as stellar music works. Rafael Benatar is unique in possessing both skills. He studied several instruments of the lute and guitar families. He also taught himself magic combining his enthusiasm for mystery and communication with his background and discipline in the practice of music. He now intertwines his passions in Compositions, a dazzling blend of Baroque lute and guitar music with his unique style of magic.
Rafael Benatar studied the Classical guitar at the Caracas Conservatory with well-known guitarist and composer Antonio Lauro, and the lute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Nigel North. He pursued further studies on Renaissance and Baroque music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, in Switzerland, with Eugen Dombois and Hopkinson Smith. He also taught himself magic and later became one of the most active members of the world-renowned Escuela Mágica de Madrid. A search towards combining the two arts on equal terms resulted in Compositions.
The Baroque lute and the Baroque guitar, two of the most beautiful instruments in existence, as played in the Royal Courts of Europe in the late 1600s and early 1700s, combined with a conversational style of magic that appeals to the same audiences and environments, are brought together in Compositions – an attractive combination of both arts that enhance each other through the perspective of the same performer – a whole that is indeed greater than the sum of its parts.